Cast Iron Alibi

Cast Iron Alibi

by Victoria Hamilton

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Overview

In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of Breaking the Mould, when an over-amorous handyman is found murdered, Jaymie will have to use every tool at her disposal to nab the culprit . . .

"I have loved this series from the first book . . . it's like returning to a favorite nook for a cup of tea. It will delight, entice, and drive a reader to want to solve the murder." —Goodreads on No Grater Danger

Looking forward to her girls-only college reunion vacation, Jaymie's on cloud nine at the idea of lazy trips to the beach, dinner cruises on the nearby river, and snug sleeping in the vintage trailer she's renovated. But no sooner does the group reconnect than her hopes turn to tension as petty squabbles and old acrimonies surface, along with tagalong friends, unexpected guests, and stalkerish ex-husbands. And when a local toolbelt Romeo with an eye for one of the women is found murdered, his home ablaze, the simmering hostility in the group suddenly shifts to secrecy.

Local law enforcement is zeroing in on the victim's best friend and girlfriend as the most likely suspects, but Jaymie's inquisitive instincts are telling her one of her former classmates may have been involved in the foul deed. Forced to navigate her fraught relationship with a local police detective and determined to uncover the myriad secrets her college friends are hiding, Jaymie knows she'll have to dig deep to figure out whose alibi is cast iron, and whose is flimsy as tin . . .

Includes a vintage recipe!

Praise for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries:

"All the right ingredients . . . Small-town setting, kitchen antiques . . . and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe." —New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert

"[A] charming new series." —New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly

"A chilling whodunit." —Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Well-plotted with several unexpected twists and more developed characters." —The Mystery Reader

"Jaymie is a great character . . . She is inquisitive and full of surprises!" —Debbie's Book Bag

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160986197
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 14,781
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. Victoria is the bestselling author of three mystery series, the Lady Anne Addison Mysteries, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, and the Merry Muffin Mysteries. Her latest adventure in writing is a Regency-set historical mystery series, starting with A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder. She blogs at Killer Characters. Visit her website at victoriahamiltonmysteries.com.

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Cast Iron Alibi 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KimHeniadis 3 months ago
What first gripped me with the Cast Iron Alibi was the cover. This past summer, I went camping in a trailer similar to the one on the cover with some of my friends from high school. So that instantly brought back a fun memory, and then I read the synopsis of the book, and I was like, hmm. Sounds like our weekend in ways, but not with all the drama and definitely not the murder. When I opened the book, the first thing I noticed was a cast of characters. And I was a little concerned with this. A cozy mystery having so many characters in a book, especially if this is the first one you've read of the series, can be challenging. I started reading and I found that wasn't the case, which was great. Hamilton described the characters wonderfully and she included enough information from previous books that you weren't lost or confused. Some of the characters were very annoying. But this is true to life. I’ve known people from college whom I’ve remembered fondly and then later in life, I realized that they were kind of jerks the entire time and I just had rose colored glasses on. The one that really bothered me was Tiffany, who is one of the college friend’s sister-in-law. She was a very mean person, and Jaymie continued to let her stay there. She did eventually kick her out, but after the first time Tiffany was such a jerk. I would have told her to go. The thing that I found interesting about this cozy mystery is that it didn't follow the exact formula of other cozy mysteries that I've read. Usually the murder happens within the first few chapters and the main character stumbles across the body. In Cast Iron Alibi, I think it was about 70 pages in before there was finally a murder. So that was a little unique and different. It didn't take away from the book at all that the murder happened later because there was so much drama going on with the Jaymie, all of her college friends, and all the people that they brought with them. I did not see the killer coming, so that's always a good thing for me. And the person who was the killer was an interesting choice. The other thing about this cozy that made it a little different than other cozies is it explored more sexual topics which are relevant to today’s world. I found that refreshing, because while I love cozy mysteries, this one felt more up to date. And in cozies they rarely, if ever, swear and if they do it's hell or damn. Hamilton tried to push it a bit farther by having a character say Frick! I am interested to get to know her husband, Jakob, and her stepdaughter, Jocie more in future books, since they were gone most of this book visiting family in Poland. I think her daughter, the brief amount of time that I met her, seems like a very fun character. I would definitely recommend this book, and The Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. If you are interested, book one in the series is A Deadly Grind.
the_judylwd 6 months ago
I am brand new to this series, so I know I have missed A LOT! However, I did not get confused as to who's who since the author has a who's who list of characters at the beginning of the book. Obviously the characters are very well developed since this is book #9 in the series. I had a hard time getting into the story at first because I didn't like a couple of Jaymie's former college roommates. Time must have really erased how selfish and self-centered those two were. Then the murder was committed and the game was on, so I became way more interested. The murderer was also not the person I thought it was. The vintage cooking information was also pretty interesting. I will never be a collector, but it does bring back memories of things that both my grandmothers had. I liked it enough that I will read the rest of the books in the series. Thank you to Netgalley and Beyond the Page Publishing for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.
MysteryluvrOK 7 months ago
Jaymie Leighton Muller has grown so much over the years and now she's a wife and mother. Though her life has changed, one thing hasn't - her "talent" for solving murders. When a "girls week" vacation bring college friends together, things go terribly wrong when a murder occurs. I enjoyed the book and it's portrayal of the changes friends go through over time. The author writes about very "real" emotions and situations in the book - some good and some tragic - but always offers hope. The mystery keeps you reading and engaged until the very end. I'm looking forward to the next mystery! I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of this book.
Marshathereader 7 months ago
Cast Iron Alibi by Victoria Hamilton is book nine in the A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. I have only read the last two in the series but was able to get caught up quickly. When a local womanizing contractor is murdered with a vintage pie iron belonging to Jayme all eyes are on her visiting college friends. Hamilton gives plenty of suspects, not only Jaymie's guests but also some of the locals could have done him in. The main characters are likeable and the supporting ones also draw you in. The setting will have you wanting to visit the area to shop and go on a dinner cruise. You get it all, friend and family relationships and plenty of twists and turns. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
4GranJan 7 months ago
Riveting Great Lake Cozy Mystery College friends meet for a reunion and things go badly. The plot is great with many twists and turns. Nothing is as it seems. This book is part of the Vintage Kitchen cozy series and it stands alone very well. A few recipes are included, but the food is not the focus of these stories. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Nancy0708 7 months ago
A special reunion with friends from college was bad from the start. There was a lot of unpleasantness and some women were downright mean Jaymie knew things were not perfect but thought they had been friends. Now it seems the whole gathering was a mistake. Then when a murder occurred it seemed possible one of the group was responsible. I like Jaymie, the protagonist, and would enjoy another story with her without all the rude characters. The vintage part was fun and interesting and I will certainly give this series another try. Thanks to NetGalley and Beyond the Page for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
BookloverUT 7 months ago
I liked this book, the mystery was very challenging with unique characters and a diabolical plot. Although it was slow in the beginning, and it continued to be very drawn out. I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
CozyOnUp 7 months ago
Jaymie and her college friends are getting together for a camping trip, just like old times. While she is sad to send her husband and daughter off to visit family in Poland, she is excited to spend some time with her college buddies, until she remembers just how challenging a few of those women can be. When party girl Brandi is focused on hooking up with hot guys, Jaymie connects some dots and believes Brandi is hooking up with a local contractor. When the contractor is murdered, Jaymie begins to suspect her friend, or her jealous husband may be guilty. Where do you draw the line between being loyal to your friends and doing the right thing? Jaymie needs to figure that out before the wrong man is put away for murder. I adore this series and the latest entry is just as solid as the others in the series. Now I’m longing for some girl time with my old college buddies. Maybe we’ll have to set up a clamping trip next Summer and hope our time together is far more relaxing.